Bin Laden Assassination and the Implications for Ireland

So we are now assured that Osama Bin Laden is dead. Barack Obama is celebrating the killing of a man his predecessor George W. Bush went after ten years ago, and euphoric claims of mission accomplished ring across the U.S. From what we know of Bin Laden, the world is a safer place without him being free to terrorise it. But his death is unlikely to be a case of mission accomplished, as terrorism does not end with the killing of one man. And the corporatised wars being waged by the U.S. are unlikely to end.

Maintaining a Veil of Silence

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The veil of silence that surrounds the U.S. military and CIA use of Shannon Airport is highlighted in a recent article in National Security Watch. It says

The private Dublin Airport Authority, which owns and runs the airport, will not discuss America’s use of the airport and refers all press queries to the Irish government.  The Irish government refuses to comment or answer any questions in writing. The U.S. government will not respond to written questions about American involvement in Shannon submitted to it.

Irish Government Still has a Lot of Work to Do to Understand the U.S. Invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan

On 30th March of this year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in the Dáil (Irish parliament) that "The President [of the U.S.] was grateful for the opportunity to thank us for allowing transit through Shannon Airport and the use of the facility there in accordance with the United Nations’ agreement and resolution." He was responding to a question from Joe Higgins TD (Socialist Party/United Left Alliance) who asked him if President Obama haid said anything to the Taoiseach about the use of Shannon Airport by the US Air Force, and the facilitation by the Irish State of the US armies of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, during their meeting on March 17th.

It seems nobody has told our Irish government leader that the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were not authorised by United Nations resolutions. They were illegal.

Ireland's 2011 Census Being Managed by Abu Ghraib Interrogation Company

The 2011 Irish census website set up by the Central Statistics Office says 

When you fill in your census form on Sunday April 10th, you’re giving us the information we need now to understand what Ireland needs for the future.

What they do not say is that you are also giving your information to a company accused of committing torture, war crimes and civil conspiracy. CACI, the "IT Solutions specialist" was awarded a £5.8 million contract to process the next Irish Census is also a provider of intelligence-gathering services for the U.S. government. But even more troubling is the fact that it is a military contract company that became notorious for human rights abuses committed at Abu Ghraib and other prisons in Iraq.  

Evidence Presented to Gardai: Now They Know!

On Friday 18th March Shannonwatch delivered two full wheelbarrow loads of documentation relating to the misuse of Shannon Airport to the Gardai. The information, which was all related to possible breaches of national and international laws at the airport was delivered after a press conference held in Shannon.

The information presented to the Gardai contained details of 20 aircraft known or suspected to be involved in renditions that have landed at Shannon over the last eight years. While many of these may not now be involved in rendition, the fact that they have not been adequately investigated means it is still possible for them - or other aircraft - to be in breach of international law at Shannon.

Protest and Protection at Shannon

On Sunday 13th March a small group of peaceful demonstrators gathered for the monthly vigil at Shannon Airport. The date was less than a week away from the 8th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war for which the Irish government allowed the United States armed forces to use the airport. To this day the U.S. military have continued to take troops and cargo through the airport on a daily basis without the approval of the Irish people. Similarly the CIA have been allowed to come and go as they please while engaging in illegal and cruel acts of kidnapping and torture.